The HR Specialist: California Employment Law

Looking for an answer to your fact-specific FLSA or overtime question? For 50 years, employers could ask the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to issue an “opinion letter” to provide guidance. But the DOL stopped the practice in April, replacing the letters with “administrator interpretations.”

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The workers’ compensation insurance system is based on the premise that employees hurt at work will recover lost wages without having to prove who was at fault for an injury. Employers that don’t carry workers’ comp insurance may be sued directly for negligence—and that means injured workers could win far higher awards for damages.

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The workers’ compensation insurance system is based on the premise that employees hurt at work will recover lost wages without having to prove who was at fault for an injury. Employers that don’t carry workers’ comp insurance may be sued directly for negligence—and that means injured workers could win far higher awards for damages.

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Some employees think that any negative comment that touches on race or nationality means they have a hostile work environment case. That’s just not true, especially when there’s no evidence that the work environment hurt the employee’s ability to perform her job.

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Some employees think that any negative comment that touches on race or nationality means they have a hostile work environment case. That’s just not true, especially when there’s no evidence that the work environment hurt the employee’s ability to perform her job.

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A former customer service rep at Health Net Inc., a nationwide health maintenance organization based in Woodland Hills, is suing the company for requiring off-the-clock work … and she’s trying to turn the Fair Labor Standards Act suit into a class action that could involve hundreds of workers.

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A former customer service rep at Health Net Inc., a nationwide health maintenance organization based in Woodland Hills, is suing the company for requiring off-the-clock work … and she’s trying to turn the Fair Labor Standards Act suit into a class action that could involve hundreds of workers.

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An enrollment counselor is suing the online University of Phoenix for unpaid overtime, and wants to expand her lawsuit to include everyone else who worked as enrollment counselors in California over the past three years. Diane Adoma claims the university deliberately underpaid for overtime hours.

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Recently, the largest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history was given the go-ahead. Employers nationwide are waiting with bated breath to find out what happens to Walmart. While the exact number of employees who may find themselves part of the lawsuit is still unclear, it could reach well over 1 million women employed or formerly employed at 3,400 Walmart stores across the country.

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It’s hand-to-hand combat between video gaming giant Activision Publishing and two former executives of its Infinity Ward software development studio subsidiary. At stake in the courtroom war: Tens of millions of dollars in damages and untold millions in profits from Activision’s lucrative “Call of Duty” war gaming franchise.

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